SAMMY HAILS 'FASTER THAN SPEED' NEW KIT
CHICAGO - Sammy USA reports strong sales for a comprehensive conversion kit of "Faster Than Speed," priced under $3,000 to the operator, which is specially designed to convert six earlier titles from other manufacturers to Sammy's "AtomisWave" system. The resulting game will be able to support all "AtomisWave" software, of which there is already a considerable library, with more to come. The kit includes new hardware, new cartridge-based software, graphics and a new standard monitor. (Editor's note: "AtomisWave" supports standard or hi-res monitors but not medium-res monitors.) The convertible older games are Midway's "Cruisin' USA," "Cruisin' World" and "Off Road Thunder," Atari's "California Speed" and "Rush the Rock" and Namco's "Ridge Racer 5." Sammy executives said the kit's competitive price is further offset by the operator's ability to sell some of these boards for $200 to $500, along with the ability to reuse the old monitor elsewhere. Sammy has succeeded with a long string of kits in the video market, most recently "Extreme Hunting."
ECAST MARKS MULTIPLE MILESTONES
SAN FRANCISCO , Ecast recently presented commemorative plaques to Harry Herman of Skytop Vending (Las Vegas) and to Shannon Dunmire, manager of the PT's Pub, to mark the location's play of Ecast's 100-millionth song. The Ecast music library now includes more than 200,000 songs. Last night in Boston, officials from Ecast, Rock-Ola and Melo Tone Vending celebrated the installation of the 3,000th Ecast-powered system at the Beacon Hill Pub. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft spotlighted Rock-Ola's Ecast-powered "Wallette" jukebox to demonstrate the flexibility of the Windows XP Embedded operating system.
GLOBAL VR LAUNCHES ONLINE COMMUNITY AND PLAYER FORUMS
SAN JOSE, CA , Global VR's redesigned website features increased functionality, easier navigation and snapshot views of key data, including player news, tournament events, new game announcements and player card information. "The new website now makes it easier for players to get registered, locate places to play and keep up with the most current tournaments. They can also claim prizes and even meet new friends to compete with or just have fun," said designer and Global VR art director Pat Normandin. The site also offers new player forums where consumers can chat, trade tips and tricks, and discuss upcoming Global VR-sponsored events. Global VR said the forums already reflect nearly 40% of the website's total traffic. Visit http://www.globalvr.com. Players may use existing login or register for a login to the forums at http://forums.globalvr.com/.
STERN PINBALL'S NEW SITE GOES LIVE
MELROSE PARK, IL , Stern Pinball has enhanced its website , http://www.sternpinball.com , with innovative graphics and an easy-to-navigate homepage that directs visitors to game descriptions, sales information, and technical and parts data. The site also features a video tour of the Stern factory along with related pinball topics that provide history, archives of Stern games and news, and information on tournaments and shows.
TLC INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES OPEN DAYS
SCHAUMBURG, IL , TLC Industries, maker of the "FlexArcade" platform, is inviting the public, arcade operators, location owners, media, distributors and families to take factory tours, play upcoming games and meet with developers on the second Wednesday of each month. The tours will take place between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The TLC factory is located 815 Lunt Ave., Schaumburg, IL 60193. The next two tour dates are Feb. 9 and March 9.
TOUCHTUNES LOWERS PRICES, OFFERS 0% FINANCING
BUFFALO GROVE, IL ,TouchTunes Music Corp. has announced new, lower prices for its digital downloading jukeboxes packaged with its ultra-high density "Tune Central" music storage system. TouchTunes also is offering 24-month, 0% financing on new digital jukeboxes. Effective this month, the cost of a new TouchTunes "Rhapsody" floor-standing or "Maestro" wall-mounted jukeboxes equipped with 140,000-song "Tune Central" file servers is $6,295 which is 21% less than the 2004 price. As an added bonus, operators who buy five or more jukeboxes before the end of March will be rewarded with an additional $300 rebate per box taken during that time period. Under the new price and financing structure, said CEO John Perrachon, a typical operator can realize positive cash flow from the very beginning to the end of the 24-month term. The company now offers approximately 600,000 licensed songs on its music network.
ROWE BUYS THE FIRST ROUND OF AMI MUSIC
GRAND RAPIDS, MI , A new promotion from Rowe International Corp. will provide 30 days of free music for operators who install a new Rowe digital jukebox powered by the AMI Entertainment Network. The "first round" music program is available through Feb. 28. AMI's music library features content from all the major record labels , EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, UMG and Warner Music Group. The AMI Entertainment Network complements Rowe new generation of digital jukeboxes, which include four designs, two wall-mounted and two free-standing, with five models. The "NiteStar" all-digital Internet jukebox leads the line, which also includes two novel hybrid designs, the "NiteStar Duet" and "NiteStar Duet Wall." Both Duets permit either conventional audio compact disc programming or digital downloading play. In addition to the "NiteStar," Rowe's all-digital lineup is joined by the floor-model "Solara" and wall-model "StarBrite." Information on Rowe jukeboxes, AMI Entertainment and authorized distributors is available at http://www.roweinternational.com.
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